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June 06
YVCC Playmasters presents Chicago

​Yakima Valley Community College Playmasters presents the musical, Chicago on June 2-4, 2016 at 8:00pm and June 4-5, 2016 at 2:00pm in Kendall Hall Auditorium. Ticket prices are $20.00 for the general public, and $15.00 for YVCC employees, area students, children ages 12 and under, and seniors.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the YVCC Bookstore or at the theatre box office one hour prior to each performance. 

Chicago is an American musical that has enjoyed one of the longest runs in history on the Broadway stage. Written in 1975 by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Bob Fosse, Chicago is the universal tale of fame and fortune. The musical is based on the 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins. The storyline includes actual criminals and crimes she reported on during her time as a journalist at the Chicago Tribune. It is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the "celebrity criminal." The original Broadway production opened in 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre in New York. It was choreographed by Fosse and his style is strongly identified with the show. It then opened in 1979 at the West End Theatre in London. Chicago was revived on Broadway in 1996 and again a year later at the West End Theatre.

YVCC's production of Chicago is directed and produced by Alicia Bickley. Music is directed by Steven Slusher. The show's choreographer is Cloey Lantrip with associates Angel Lopez, Azalea Koestler, and Sierra Hutton. Set and lighting design by Joshua Legate. The cast of twenty-one actors is led by Sierra Hutton, who plays Roxie Hart, and Katy Sokol, who plays Velma Kelly, and includes: Angel Lopez, Aimee Hostetler, Nichola Blink, Dawson Kirschner, Joshua Cabrales, Franki Cioci, T'Quirah Walker, Azalea Koestler, Brooke Waits, Kingsavarkied Harvin, Christopher Mercy, Cody Jordan, Amy Fletcher, Barbie Wood, Kali Abrams, Jaclyn Schuster, James Klarich, Daniel Sanchez, and Stevie Macias.​

For more information contact Alicia Bickley at / 509.574.4837.

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May 25
Summer ESL Classes

​Register Now!
Summer Quarter ESL Classes start June 21st at Yakima Valley College

Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley College (YVC) is now enrolling students for summer quarter English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. ESL is the study of English by non- or limited English-speaking adults who want to learn English. Classes combine listening, speaking, reading and writing, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills. Contact the location you wish to attend to get the current entrance assessment schedule. You do not need an appointment, availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Summer quarter begins June 21. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the evening from 6:00-8:20pm.

ESL is offered at five locations. Call for site specific schedules. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.​

  • Yakima Campus: S. 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98902                     509.574.6850

  • Grandview Campus: 500 West Main Street, Grandview, WA 98930                           509.882.7000

  • Ellensburg Learning Center: 401 E Mountainview, Ellensburg, WA 98926                 509.925.4011

  • Sunnyside Learning Center: 2590 Yakima Valley Hwy, Sunnyside, WA 98944          509.837.9623

  • Toppenish Learning Center: 720 W. 3rd Avenue, Toppenish, WA 98948                     509.834.4550

May 18

​Yakima Valley Community College is excited to announce that Adam Strom has been selected as the new Head Women's Basketball Coach for the Yaks. Strom will formally begin duties immediately.

Strom brings with him over 15 years of successful head coaching experience at a variety of different high school levels. At every stop, his teams have won league titles and qualified for their respective state championship tournaments. In addition, he has been named "Coach of the Year" four different times in three different leagues. From 2013-16 Strom led the Yakama Nation Tribal School boys program, where the Eagles won two Greater Columbia 1B league titles. In the 2015-16 season he led the Eagle program to their first state appearance in school history, placing 5th. From 2011-13 he led the Hermiston (OR) boys program, where the Bulldogs won a Columbia River Conference 5A title in the 2012-13 season. From 2005-11 Strom coached the Wapato boys program, where the Wolves went to state in 2007, 2009, and 2010. In 2008-09 and 2009-10, they won two Central Washington Athletic Conference 2A District Championships. From 2001-05, Strom led the White Swan girls program, leading the Cougars to a 4th place state tournament finish in 2005 and two South Central Athletic Conference 1A league titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05.

After a thorough and complete hiring process, the interview committee believes Strom will inject the YVCC Women's Program with a fresh energy and will work diligently to rebuild the program's proud tradition. "Adam brings a terrific blend of positive coaching experience and a strong passion for the game of basketball. Perhaps more importantly, he possesses charismatic leadership traits that make him an excellent fit at YVCC," states YVCC Athletic Director Ray Funk.  "We are looking forward to working with him and watching his program grow." ​

Strom replaces Greg Oldham, who was the head coach for the Yaks for four seasons (2012-16). During his first year in 2012-13, the Yaks qualified for the NWAC championship tournament. Overall, Oldham's record was 33-80 including a 15-41 mark in conference play.  

May 17
YVCC Music hosts Free Performances

Yakima Valley Community College Music Department presents their end of the year performances. All events are free and open to the public.

Ben Thomas Tango Quartet

May 19, 2016 ● 12:30-1:30pm

Hopf Union Building, Quiet Lounge

Students in Music of the World (MUS117) will present a performance and lecture focusing on the music and culture of Argentina.

YVCC Latin Jazz Band Workshop with Guest Artists

May 25, 2016 ● 12:30-1:30pm

Kendall Hall Room 120

Join the YVCC Latin Jazz Band and special guests for workshops in Jazz and Latin music. Featured artists include: percussionists Jeff Busch (Seattle) and Calixto Oviedo (Cuba), vocalists Carlos Cascante (Costa Rica) and Elspeth Savani (Seattle), and pianist Julio Jáuregui (Mexico).

YVCC Latin Jazz Band Concert

May 25, 2016 ● 7:30pm ● The Season's Performance Hall

Join the YVCC Latin Jazz Band with special guests Jeff Busch (Seattle), Carlos Cascante (Costa Rica), Julio Jáuregui (Mexico), Calixto Oviedo (Cuba), and Elspeth Trejo Savani (Seattle) for a final concert to celebrate all the students' hard work this academic year.​

For more information: 509.574.4836 /

April 26
YVCC Dental Hygiene Program Looking for Patients

Yakima Valley Community College Dental Hygiene students will be conducting a dental screening clinic from 11:00am to 2:00pm on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. They request patients between 18 and 45 years of age and who have not had a professional teeth cleaning for 5 or more years. Prospective patients may call 509.574.4917 to schedule an appointment. YVCC's Dental Hygiene Program is located in the Weston D. Brown Dental Hygiene Clinic at 1015 S. 16th Ave, Yakima, 98902.​

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